The Philadelphia Confession, 1742
Baptism is an ordinance of the New
Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, to be unto the party baptised, a sign of his
fellowship with Him in His death and resurrection; of his being engrafted into Him;1 of remission of sins;2 and of his
giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to live and walk in newness of life.3
Those who do actually profess
repentance towards God, faith in and obedience to our Lord Jesus, are the only proper
subjects of this ordinance.4
The outward element, to be used in this
ordinance, is water, wherein the party is to be baptised, in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.5
Immersion, or dipping of the person in water, is necessary to the due administration of this ordinance.6
1. Ro 6:3-5; Col 2:12; Gal 3:27.
2. Mk 1:4; Ac 22:16.
3. Ro 6:4.
4. Mk 16:16; Ac 8:36-37; 2:41; 8:12; 18:8.
5. Mt 28:19-20; Ac 8:38.
6. Mt 3:16, Jn 3:23.
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